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Record 8553

Reading Experience:

'My master said to me one day, he was surprized that I did not learn to write my own letters, and added, that he was sure that I could learn to do it in a very short time. ... Without any delay I set about it, by taking up pieces of paper that had any writing on them, and initiating the letters as well as I could. I employed my leisure hours in this way for near two months, after which time I wrote my own letters, in a bad hand, you may be sure; but it was plain and easy to read, which was all I cared for.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 1 Jan 1768 and 31 Dec 1768
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Kingsbridge
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:James Lackington
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 11 Sep 1746
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: Journeyman shoemaker
Religion: Wesleyan
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: anon
Title: various scraps of writing
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 8553  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Lackington
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Memoirs of the first forty-five years of the life of James Lackington
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1791
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 102-3
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Lackington, Memoirs of the first forty-five years of the life of James Lackington (London, 1791), p. 102-3,, accessed: 19 June 2019

Additional comments:



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